I read an article in Parenting magazine recently on why you should let your kids break the rules (once in a while) and did some serious parent soul searching on what my views are on Christmas and introducing Santa into our traditions.
I don't want Bear to have a moment of panic somewhere down the line when he is scared he will be forgotten on Christmas for being naughty. I found an episode of Mr. Rogers where Daniel Tiger is afraid that Santa watches him while he's sleeping and Santa comes to the neighborhood and Elaina tells him to confront Santa with his fear. Santa tells him what he is not watching while he's sleeping but he is in all of us and is the spirit of Christmas. One of Mr Rogers' friends also sings a great song with the line "Sometimes even good people do bad things" and make mistakes. I like that, it's telling my child that even though he may make a bad decision now and again, that doesn't label him as naughty or bad.
Even thought Bear is only 2.5 and he doesn't always understand he was a little fearful of Santa until after we watched the episode. Now he is actually excited to go meet him!
There you have it, my view on Santa!
For more advent fun:
Day 4: Open up a new Christmas book. I chose "Bear stays up for Christmas"
Day 5: Make coco.
Day 6: Choose a Special Treat. AKA leftover Halloween candy
Day 7: Make ornaments with Mommy
and....drum roll...day eight...
Sesame Street Live!!! I highly recommend this, it was tons of fun! We were center to the stage in the third row of the floor seats! So great, Bear was nervous at first but got very into it in the middle. Just be prepared to buy a $15 toy just because EVERY other little boy has one.